Lockhart accused of violating bond after traffic stop arrest

Christopher Lockhart
Christopher Lockhart appears in court via video feed on July 18, 2017.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Portage man who is considered a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance appeared in court via video feed Tuesday for allegedly violating his bond.

The complaint filed by prosecutors says Lockhart violated his bond by allegedly consuming alcohol.

Police say Christopher Lockhart was driving drunk when they pulled him over around 10:10 p.m. Monday for driving 55 mph in a 45 mph zone on Portage Road.

>>App users: Watch Christopher Lockhart’s hearing here.

The officer who stopped Lockhart said he or she smelled alcohol on or around Lockhart. The officer conducted a sobriety test and arrested Lockhart for operating while intoxicated.

Lockhart pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

The judge Tuesday added more restrictions to Lockhart’s $20,000 cash or surety bond. Lockhart will be released to the office of community corrections and must wear a tether which will monitor his alcohol consumption.

Lockhart was arrested on July 6 for allegedly cutting his neighbor’s cable and air conditioning line. He was charged with malicious destruction of property and interfering with electronic communications.

Lockhart is expected back in court on Aug. 9.

TWO MONTHS SINCE THERESA LOCKHART WAS LAST SEEN

Authorities previously identified Lockhart as a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, 44-year-old Theresa Lockhart, who was last seen on May 18.

Theresa Lockhart was reported missing two days later by her employer, Schoolcraft Community Schools. Her car was found a short time later a few miles from her Portage home at a park-and-ride off of Angling Road.

Theresa LockHart
An undated courtesy photo of Theresa Lockhart.

Christopher Lockhart has been called a person of interest by police in his wife’s disappearance. Investigators spent nearly 30 hours searching the couple’s home three weeks after she went missing.

On June 3, Christopher Lockhart told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone that he was not involved in the disappearance of his wife.

Theresa Lockhart, Christopher Lockhart
Police tape near the Portage home of Theresa and Christopher Lockhart. (June 7, 2017)

He said she had struggled with mental health problems and he didn’t report her missing because he “assumed she was going to get herself some help.” He said she had gone off without telling him before.

Christopher Lockhart has three previous convictions for peeping through windows and one conviction for making obscene phone calls. He was also charged in a domestic violence case involving his wife in November 2016 and pleaded guilty to simple assault.

Anyone with information about where Theresa Lockhart may be is asked to call Portage police at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.